What does defense mean?

Definitions for defense
dɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9 , ˈdi fɛnsde·fense

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word defense.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defense, defence, defensive measurenoun

    (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies

    "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"

  2. defense, defencenoun

    protection from harm

    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"

  3. defense, defence, defending teamnoun

    (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring

    "his teams are always good on defense"

  4. defense, defence, vindicationnoun

    the justification for some act or belief

    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

  5. defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defencenoun

    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

  6. Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, Defense, DoDnoun

    the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947

  7. defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyersnoun

    the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

    "the defense called for a mistrial"

  8. refutation, defense, defencenoun

    the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

    "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it"

  9. defense, defence, defense force, defence forcenoun

    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

    "he joined the defense against invasion"

  10. defensive structure, defense, defencenoun

    a structure used to defend against attack

    "the artillery battered down the defenses"

  11. defense, defence, denial, demurrernoun

    a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

    "he gave evidence for the defense"

  12. defense, defencenoun

    the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

    "a good boxer needs a good defense"; "defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem"

Wiktionary

  1. defensenoun

    The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.

  2. defensenoun

    Anything employed to oppose attack(s).

  3. defensenoun

    An argument in support or justification of something.

  4. defensenoun

    Government policy or structure related to the military.

    Department of Defense

  5. Etymology: : From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defensenoun

    alt. of Defence

  2. Defenseverb

    to furnish with defenses; to fortify

Freebase

  1. Defense

    In many team sports, defense or defence is the action of preventing an opponent from scoring. The term may also refer to the tactics involved in defense, or a sub-team whose primary responsibility is defense. Similarly, a defense player or defender is a player who is generally charged with preventing the other team's forwards from being able to bear down directly on their own team's goalkeeper. Such intention exist in association football, ice hockey, water polo and many other sports.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. defense

    In military law, is the defendant’s answer to the plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff’s case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff’s action.

  2. defense

    In fortification, consists of all sorts of works that cover and defend the opposite posts; as flanks, parapets, casements, etc.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defense in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of defense in a Sentence

  1. Homer:

    It is not unseemly for a man to die fighting in defense of his country.

  2. Henrik Stenson:

    I guess I've figured out a decent way to play this course and I've done some good scores over the years in windy conditions as well, i don't know what the forecast is but normally we get our fair share of wind here which is part of the course defense and makes it play better.

  3. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby:

    We have been consistently concerned about NATO’s eastern flank and that airspace … and we continue to look for ways to bolster defense of NATO allies, we continue to look for ways to try to protect that airspace.

  4. The Pentagon report:

    China could use missile attacks and precision air strikes against air defense systems, including air bases, radar sites, missiles, space assets, and communications facilities to degrade Taiwan's defenses, neutralize Taiwan's leadership, or break the Taiwan people's resolve.

  5. Ralph Norman:

    The PPP helped people remain employed while the government literally shut down much of the economy. Only an intellectual clown would compare that to what Biden is doing now, there is absolutely no defense for taking someone’s student loans and forcing that debt upon other people. It’s immoral and illegal, and it takes a special kind of idiocy to equate that to the PPP.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. incumbent
    • B. defiant
    • C. equivalent
    • D. ectomorphic

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